Junaid Jamshed, one of the foremost Islamic scholars in the world, graced ICLI with his presence on March 22 – he preached the importance of the role of a Mosque in a Muslim community and the role of family in one’s life.
Best selling author of Zealot : The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Reza Aslan, a PhD, is one of the foremost authorities in comparative religions. Mr. Aslan spoke at ICLI on September 14th and spent a generous amount of time – afterwards – conversing with the ICLI community. He is pictured with Sr. Sarah Eltabib.
Shaykh Yusuf Estes
Shaykh Yusuf Estes (L) along with Imam Mutahhir Sabree (C) and Hafiz Harun Amin (R) performed a live broadcast of GuideUs.TV from ICLI. Yusuf Estes, once a Christian Minister (before converting), is one of the most respected Islamic scholars in the United States.
Ramadan and Lailat-ul-Qadr
A truly special time for the Muslim community of Long Island, ICLI was blessed to play host to large (and spirited) prayer congregations throughout the month of Ramadan and – in particular – on Lailat-ul-Qadr. It was a collaborative effort which saw various components of the ICLI community – from the board, to the imams, and – especially – the volunteers pull their weight to make it a successful month.
Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha
The Masjid expansion put ICLI in a position of improvisation. Eid-ul-Fitr was held in the parking lot space once occupied by the house that functioned as the original ICLI.
Eid al-Adha was held at the Mitchel Indoor Athletic Complex in Uniondale, typically an indoor soccer training facility. The venue made for a very convenient and comfortable Eid celebration. Nassau County and County Executive Ed Mangano (pictured) were very helpful in allowing ICLI to secure this facility.
Both Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha were very well attended and enjoyed by all participants.
August 16th marked a truly historic day in the history of the Islamic Center of Long Island – as members of ICLI – figuratively and literally – put the shovels to the dirt and broke ground on what will be an expansion process which will transform ICLI into a facility which will be able to serve the needs of the growing Muslim community on Long Island in ways not possible in its original form.
The ICLI expansion marked the necessary demolition of the house that once stood – proudly – as the original structure of the Islamic Center of Long Island. A place which once hosted Sunday School, prayer sessions, the ICLI office, and other functions – will now be the site of an expanded ICLI which, InshAllah, will author memories for generations of Long Island Muslims to come.